Here is an excerpt from the book The Ultimate Party Planner by Paul Mordoff
It’s a wonderful life being a performer. You get to travel and meet all kinds of people, make children laugh, and have a great time.
My adventure as an entertainer started many years ago in kindergarten when my class put on a circus performance, and I had the important role of “Ring Master.” We practiced for weeks and weeks. Many of the kids were dressed in wonderful animal costumes, and it was my job as ring master to introduce their “acts.” The big day finally arrived, and before my big debut, I started to cry. “I can’t do this; I can’t go on,” I pleaded with my teacher. One of my friends was given my part, and as I watched him perform on stage, I thought, “I could have done that!” At that moment, I realized that I wanted to perform more than anything. The following year, I proudly made my debut as the “Boastful Bass,” a comical fish character that stole the show.
My love for performing continued to grow throughout high school and college. I played leading roles in touring productions of major musicals and dramatic works in New York and in the UK. During these years, I also created my first clown character, a juggling act which I choreographed.
After graduating from college, I suddenly found myself a very small fish in a very large pond. I had a brief career (if you blinked, you may have missed it!) in television, film and commercials, and worked with many well known performance artists, who gave me the opportunity to develop and perfect my characterizations in various performance media.
I soon realized that the best way to work professionally as a performer was to create my own performance opportunities. I started several touring companies and produced shows. I continued performing part-time for many years. In 1996, I decided to become a party planner and children’s entertainer. Since then, I have performed at over 3,000 birthday parties and other events.
Currently, I perform as “Mr. Bungles,” a comedy show which features magic, crazy props, juggling, music, bubbles, games, and balloon sculptures. The kids have a blast, and the parents are relieved to know that they can relax and enjoy their guests while the kids are entertained. As a performer, it’s wonderful to create a moment that the kids will remember; and the best part is that I have just as much fun watching them laugh.
I also perform singing telegrams and balloon deliveries for adults, including various characters like a gorilla, creating a smile and fun memory for a birthday or special occasion. Yes, It’s a bizarre world and I get a lot of crazy looks from cars passing by, but it’s a lot of fun. Every day’s different and every-days great because weather it is an adult in the middle of an office or a child enjoying their birthday celebration, I have the chance to brighten some ones day and perhaps give them a memory that will last a life time.
With my years of experience, it is my hope that this book will make your party planning really easy. All your questions will be answered so you can plan the perfect event. You don’t have to pull your hair out or go through lots anxiety to plan the perfect party or search for information on the internet. I’ll help you through it. I have done it so many times and I’ll try to answer all your questions and help you plan a great event. This book will cover everything you need to plan the perfect birthday party. You can read every chapter or just what is important to you. I have even included links that will help you buy everything you need. So sit back, relax and enjoy. All your party panning fears will be answered so you can plan your child’s next birthday or special event.